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When talking about the greatest basketball players, Shaquille O’Neal is at the top of the list with others such as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. The NBA player featured for six teams during his 19-year long career.
Among the several accolades that he won include the NBA MVP title, and was elected into the FIBA hall of fame (2017) and Naismith memorial basketball hall of fame (2016).
The basketball superstar is 7 foot 1 inch. He is a towering player with a build that is truly intimidating. Shaq is 325 lbs in weight and can easily match any professional wrestler. Most of them like Hulk Hogan is only a few pounds heavier.
Shaquille O’Neal is from Newark New Jersey and was born on March 6, 1972. He was raised by his mother Lucille O’Neal and his stepfather Phillip A. Harrison. Philip was an army sergeant, and so they had to move from time to time.
And even though he grew up in New Jersey, Shaq also spent some time in Germany and Texas. He attended Robert G. Cole High School and played basketball for them. During this time, his exploits on the basketball court were quite apparent.
He only lost one game and won 68 of them. During his Senior Year, Robert G. Cole High School won the state championship.
Shaq would join the Louisiana State University, and be part of the basketball team under coach Dale Brown. While playing for LSU, Shaq was named The player of the year and awarded the Adolph Rupp Trophy. He would eventually be inducted in the LSU hall of fame. You will find a statue of him at the university.
What many people don’t know is that Shaquille O’Neal had the highest grade point average in the team. That indicates his commitment both on the field and in the classroom. He was focused.
Shaquille O’Neal would later choose to drop out of college to concentrate on basketball playing. He was picked by Orlando Magic in 1992 and was the first pick in the draft for that year. During his first match, Shaquille O’Neal made 18 rebounds, setting the record for the most debut rebounds since 1974 by Bill Walton.
Shaquille O’Neal played for four years before a contract dispute arose with the franchise. He would move to Los Angeles and join LA Lakers.
It was there that Shaq received the most significant contract in NBA history at the time. In partnership with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal enjoyed tremendous success and would help LA Lakers win three back-to-back championships. He was traded to Miami Heat in 2004 when a dispute between him, Kobe Bryant and management arose.
With Miami Heat, Shaq won his fourth title and reached a milestone of 25000 points. In 2008 and 2009 season, he would play for Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers the Following season. In the 2010/ 2011 season, Shaquille O’Neal played for Boston Celtics before calling it quits on the game.
It is quite interesting to know that Shaquille O’Neal only made one 3-point shot throughout his entire career. He was terrible at this. Thankfully, he was not signed for his range.
For many people, it is quite surprising to know that the NBA Hall of Famer was also a platinum hip-hop artist. Before he found NBA success, Shaquille O’Neal produced four albums which found relative success. Shaq Diesel, his debut album reached platinum status and was one of his most successful.
Another interesting fact is that O’Neill is a deputy Marshal. He has been involved in house raids and helped track hate crime perpetrator. Therefore, he is not just a police officer on paper, but also by actions.
The basketball star married Shaunie O’Neal In 2002. However, they had children long before walking down the aisle. The relationship would only last for five years, and they would separate. And even though they patched things up after separation, Shaunie O’Neal would file for divorce On November 2009 citing irreconcilable differences.
Shaunie O’Neal is the producer and creator of the television show, Basketball Wives.
Sharif Rashaun O’Neal is following in the footsteps of his father and currently plays basketball for Crossroads school in Santa Monica. Sharif is 6 feet 7 inches tall, but his playing style is quite different from his father. He has a better shooting skill and is quite athletic. Regardless, he is still the chip of the old block.
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